The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Program

En-tre-pre-neur: From the thirteenth century French verb entreprendre, meaning “to do something” or “to undertake.”

Like so many entrepreneurial ventures, the Entrepreneur of the Year (EOY) program began as a way to recognize the best in the business world. The idea quickly grew from a fledging success to an established program honoring entrepreneurial excellence. The year 2006 is the twentieth anniversary of the Entrepreneur of the Year awards. Today, it is a proud tradition that has expanded to more than 100 cities in 39 countries, with annual awards presented to the world’s most successful and innovative entrepreneurs. It is the world’s most prestigious business award.

Being a recipient of this prestigious award means that you’re at the top of your game, joining award winners that already include such pioneers and innovators as Michael Dell of Dell Computer Corporation; Scott Kriens of Juniper Networks; Pierre Omidyar of eBay, Inc.; John Mackey of Whole Foods Market; Wayne Huizenga of Huizenga Holdings, Inc.; Maxine Clark of Build-a-Bear Workshop; Catherine L. Hughes and Alfred Liggins of Radio One, Inc.; Jim McCann of 1-800-Flowers.com; and other leaders and visionaries who create and build world-class businesses. These are the men and women whose achievements are a testament to their vision, tenacity, and leadership—whose accomplishments raise the bar and often change the face of an industry.

Who Is Eligible?

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